Hickey returns as Limerick hurlers beat Offaly

SEAMUS Hickey returned to the Limerick hurling colours on Sunday evening evening in a challenge match win over Offaly in Pallasgreen.

SEAMUS Hickey returned to the Limerick hurling colours on Sunday evening evening in a challenge match win over Offaly in Pallasgreen.

The versatile Murroe-Boher man missed all the Allianz League campaign due to studies abroad but returned from the US 10-days ago and immediately linked up with John Allen’s panel.

He played in a training game against the Limerick U-21s last week and this Sunday night he played centre back as Limerick played Offaly in a challenge game to commemorate the Pallasgreen’s 125th anniversary.

Limerick were 0-25 to 0-20 victors in the game.

Limerick selected a largely second string side, but noteworthy was the selection of Brian Geary at full back.

“It was chance for panellists who hadn’t figured in the league like Thomas Ryan and Shane O’Neill to push their claims,” explained John Allen.

Despite sharing 45 scores under trying conditions, neither side threatened a goal and seemed content to pick scores from distance.

When Limerick got on top in the middle after the quarter mark, Shane Dowling frees put them four points ahead but Shane Dooley and Joe Bergin led the visitors to trim it back to 0-10 to 0-8 at the break.

Offaly took their time to readjust to four half-time changes, giving Limerick a chance to quickly extend their lead on the back off Dowling’s frees and they held out despite Cathal Parlon scoring four times from play in the closing minutes.

SCORERS - Limerick: S Dowling 0-10 (8f), T O’Brien 0-4, S O’Brien 0-2, C Allis 0-2, M Ryan 0-2, N Maher 0-2, G Mulcahy 0-1, S Hickey 0-1, G O’Mahony 0-1; Offaly: S Dooley 0-5 (3f, 1 ‘65’), C Parlon 0-4, J Bergin 0-2, B Carroll 0-2, K Brady 0-2, B Murphy 0-1, B Harding 0-1, J Mulrooney 0-1, G Healion 0-1, C Egan 0-1.

LIMERICK - A Murphy; R McCarthy, B Geary, S O’Neill; T Ryan, S Hickey, P O’Brien; C Allis, T O’Brien; S Dowling, N Maher, Seanie O’Brien; S Tobin, K Downes, M Ryan. Subs: G Mulcahy for S O’Brien (23 mins), G O’Mahony for P O’Brien (49 mins), T Quaid for G Mulcahy (56 mins), J Ryan for C Allis (58 mins), W McNamara for S Tobin (70 mins).

OFFALY - J Dempsey; C McDonald, D Kenny, J Rigney; K Brady, J Brady, C Hernan; B Harding, B Carroll; B Murphy, C Mahon, C Parlon; S Dooley, J Bergin, J M ulrooney. Subs: P Cleary for J Brady (30 mins), D Franks for J Rigney (ht), C Egan for B Murphy (ht), G Healion for C Mahon (ht), D Mooney for J Bergin (ht), T Carroll for S Dooley (55 mins).

REFEREE - S Hourigan (Limerick).